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									FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         27 MAY 2008

                                   THE WORLD IN PAINTING

The world in painting reveals the subjects, ideas and forms that make painting vital for twelve artists
from Australia, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam, at Heide Museum of Modern Art from 26 July –
9 November 2008.

Brought together for the first time, the artists share a common belief in the possibilities of painting as
a creative medium and its strength as a visual language. Spanning a diverse range of practices, they
hail from both metropolitan and regional areas, crossing cultural backgrounds and generations.

Many of the participating artists use painting to explore real and imagined relationships with natural
and urban environments or the aspects of the daily world that sustain them as individuals. Others
cast a critical eye over the contemporary values adopted by society and what it means to be a global

Several works challenge definitions of what painting can be and question ideas regarding where or
how creativity can take place in our lives. The works in The world in painting are in turn beautiful,
subtle, contemplative and cerebral; the artists are united by a concern to engage the viewer in the
potential painting holds today.

The world in painting was curated at the invitation of Asialink, part of the University of Melbourne,
which works with business, government, philanthropic and cultural partners to initiate and strengthen
Australia-Asia engagement. The project is a collaboration between Heide Museum of Modern Art and
Asialink, designed to expand audiences for contemporary painting within Asia and Australia.

Twenty-three works, including paintings on canvas, plastic, ceramic and fabric works, have toured to
Chiang Mai University Art Museum, Chulalongkorn University Art Center, Bangkok, Yuchengco
Museum, Manila and the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi.

The Australian artists include: John Citizen, Amanda Davies, Diena Georgetti, Raafat Ishak,
James Morrison, Nancy Naninurra Napanangka, Elizabeth Newman and Boxer Milner

As a result of the tour to Asia, artists Luisito Cordero (Manila), Sakarin Krue-On (Bangkok), Lê
Quốc Việt (Hanoi) and Kamin Lertchaiprasert (Chiang Mai) have been selected to exhibit in The
world in painting at Heide Museum of Modern Art. This expanded exhibition will present over 40
works, including additional contributions from the Australian artists.

Three of the overseas artists will travel to Melbourne to further the cross-cultural dialogue, including:
Kamin Lertchaiprasert courtesy of the Australia-Thailand Institute; Lê Quốc Việt, who will undertake a
residency with RMIT University in Melbourne; and Sakarin Krue-On.

The world in painting is Heide Museum of Modern Art’s first internationally touring exhibition since 1998
and is part of the Museum’s three-year focus on furthering international programs, partnerships and

In 2009 The world in painting will tour to Newcastle Region Art Gallery (14 February – 3 May), Latrobe
Regional Gallery (27 June – 23 August) and Warrnambool Art Gallery (19 September – 15 November)
managed by NETS Victoria.

Artists are available for interview.
The world in painting
An Asialink / Heide Museum of Modern Art touring exhibition
26 July – 9 November 2008
Heide III: Central Galleries
Curator: Zara Stanhope


Worldwide / Art World
Tuesday 29 July 2008, 6.30pm–8.30pm
Can art be truly global or are art-worlds primarily local? Join an international panel of artists and
curators to discuss the benefits and pitfalls of cultural exchange
Speakers: artists Sakarin Krue-On, Kamin Lertchaiprasert and John Young; Jane Dyer, consultant, Red
Gate Gallery Beijing; Zara Stanhope, Deputy Director, Senior Curator, Heide
Tickets: FREE supported by Asialink
Bookings essential

Artists in conversation
Sunday 27 July 2008, 3.00pm
Sakarin Krue-On, Kamin Lertchaiprasert, Diena Georgetti, Amanda Davies, James Morrison and
Raafat Ishak speak about their works
Tickets: FREE with admission

Curator's floor talk
Sunday 10 August 2008, 2.00pm
Zara Stanhope, Deputy Director, Senior Curator
Tickets: FREE with admission

Professional Development for Teachers
But is it painting? Contemporary art, contemporary issues
Monday 27 October 2008, 9.30am–4.00pm
Join Senior Curator Zara Stanhope and artists Elizabeth Newman and Raafat Ishak in a forum
addressing the issues and debates surrounding contemporary art, followed by a practical workshop
Tickets: Adult $100, Heide Member/Concession $90 includes exhibition entry, workshop, materials, light lunch &

Exhibition tours
Volunteer Guide
Tickets: FREE with admission
Tuesday 5 August 2008, 2.00pm
Tuesday 2 September 2008, 2.00pm
Sunday 7 September 2008, 2.00pm
Sunday 21 September 2008, 2.00pm
Tuesday 23 September 2008, 2.00pm
Sunday 5 October 2008, 2.00pm
Tuesday 21 October 2008, 2.00pm

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Tue–Fri 10.00am–5.00pm
Sat/Sun/Public Hols 12.00noon–5.00pm
Admission: Adult $12, Senior $10, Concession $8,
Gardens free
PRESENTING PARTNER                                                                                 GOVERNMENT PARTNER

                                                                                                   Indemnification for this exhibition
                                                                                                   is provided by the Victorian Government



This project has been assisted by the
Australian Government through the
Australia Council for the Arts,
its art funding and advisory body


National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS) Victoria is supported by the Victorian Government
through Arts Victoria and the Community Support Fund, by the Australian Government through
the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and through the Visual Arts and Craft
Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. NETS Victoria also
receives significant in-kind support from the National Gallery of Victoria

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